MCI, Defaming an Expat Condemned of Possessing and Storing Expired Foodstuffs of Unknown Origin in Dammam

21 May 2019


He is Fined SR 200.000

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed an Expat of Jordanian nationality, who owns and operates a factory for producing foodstuffs, spices and nuts in Dammam.  A judicial ruling was issued condemning him of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law, by possessing and storing  expired foodstuffs of unknown origin. 

The judgment issued by the administrative court in Dammam included a fine of SR 200,000 against the violator, also the closure of the offending shop, deporting the expat from the Kingdom after the execution of the sentence, and not to be allowed to return for work, as well as the confiscation and destruction of the seized quantities, besides defamation by publishing the ruling in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator .

In details, MCI inspection teams monitored and inspected the said factory. They seized large quantities of various expired foodstuffs of unknown origin. He used to mix such fake items with the valid ones, in purpose of selling them all. Accordingly, all the expired and fake items were seized and destroyed, and the case was referred to the judicial authorities for taking the legal measures, in accordance with the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment confirms the continuation of addressing those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties against them, in view of the fraud and deception towards the consumers. The Rules & Regulations related to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law stipulates penalties that may reach to three-year imprisonment, fines up to one million riyals or both , Defamation in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator, deportation of the illegal labors from the Kingdom, besides the suspension and prevention of practicing the same commercial activity.
MCI calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.

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Last Modified 21 May 2019